If you can’t remember your WiFi password when setting up a new computer, there are several options.
Owners of a Fritzbox or a Speedport router from Telekom will find the password on a sticker on the underside of the device – provided that you have adopted the preset password and have not assigned your own password for security reasons.
If you still have a second computer with a working WLAN, you can read off the password in Windows. To do this, right-click the WLAN symbol in the systray of the taskbar and select “Open network and Internet settings”. A Windows settings window opens. Scroll down a little and click in the “Advanced Network Settings” section on “Network and Sharing Center”. You will now land in a control panel window.
Windows saves the passwords of all configured WLANs and then shows them to you in plain text if you wish.
Click there under “Connections” on the name of your WLAN and in the following window “Status of WLAN” on the button “Wireless properties”. Switch to the “Security” tab and check the “Show characters” box. You can now read the password next to “Security key”. The freeware Wireless Key View offers an alternative. The little tool immediately shows a list of the saved WiFi passwords on your computer after starting. Warning: When installing in Windows 10, Defender reports and indicates a potentially unwanted app. However, there is no real danger in the software and you can allow it to run.
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